Not content with his first two Bennetts British Superbike race wins and an almost guaranteed spot in the Showdown, Danny Buchan has set his sights on finishing in the championship top three this year.
The FS-3 Kawasaki rider backed up his maiden win at Knockhill with victory at Cadwell, moving him 40 points clear of nearest rival Tarran Mackzenie and Buchan now wants to reel in third-placed man Tommy Bridewell.
It could be a big ask, however, as Buchan is more than two race wins behind the Oxford Ducati man who also took a brace of second places at Oulton earlier in the year.
“I did not think I would be 40 points clear of the next rider coming away from Cadwell Park, I knew I could make some ground but in my head I was thinking of it being 10 or 12 points,” said Buchan.
“To have 40 points is huge and after race two, I thought, ‘Yes that is good’. Last year I was scraping around for points and I promised myself this year I wouldn’t be doing that again in the last race before the Showdown – I was quite adamant I didn’t want that to be me this year. Forty points is a really nice buffer now.”
I am going to treat Oulton Park like I have every race this season; I want to be on the podium again and we have made the bike stronger off the turns now.
“We also have had some improvements with the chassis which we tried during the test evening at Cadwell Park and they worked so hopefully that can make the bike better for Oulton Park too and that should be enough to secure me in, but podium points are so important at this stage.”
Trying to get in front of the three championship-leading Ducatis at the Cheshire track is going to be a big ask but Buchan is happy with where he and the FS-3 package is at.
“The Ducatis were really good there earlier in the year and Tommy rides really well there, obviously a closer gap in the podium points would be good. My first goal this year was to win races and my target was the Showdown so to be there with a fighting chance means it is going to plan so far, but you never know with racing.
Look at Tarran at Thruxton. He had a crash and broke his wrist so it can all go so wrong so quickly in this championship and this industry so we have to remained focus on the Showdown then it is all to play for.
“It would be massive for myself and the team to make the Showdown for the first time; even race wins are massive at this level.
“It is awesome as it shows what myself and the team are capable of together and they put a huge amount into our racing. We don’t have a major title sponsor so there is a lot of effort behind the scenes.
“Every achievement is special and it is good to be able to repay them with these results as they have put a lot of faith in me over the last couple of seasons. To get in the Showdown would be good but then me being me, I will want to be top three in the championship – I want to be in the top three.”